Monsanto 'Opened Door' To Internal Cancer Report: Judge

Law360, San Francisco (March 4, 2019, 7:01 PM EST) -- A California federal judge ruled Monday that a jury deciding whether Monsanto's Roundup caused a man's cancer can hear about an internal company report from 1999 that concluded the weedkiller's active ingredient can cause genetic damage to human cells, saying Monsanto's attorneys "opened the door" to the topic during trial.

U.S. District Judge Vince Chhabria sided with plaintiff Ed Hardeman, concluding that Monsanto's counsel allowed the report to come in by trying to argue that Roundup's active ingredient, glyphosate, is not genotoxic — meaning that it can't cause genetic damage to human cells. The judge said Monsanto's position is contradicted by...

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